Annenberg Seminar in History 2019-2020

Seminars will be held on the dates listed below on Tuesdays at 4:30PM in College Hall 209 unless otherwise noted. Papers will be posted via PennKey access below and available to download at this webpage approximately one week prior to the presentation.

Please direct any questions about the series to Professor Amy Offner:


Fall 2019


Tuesday, September 17

"'Free Men and Foreigners': Representation, Afro-Diasporic Thought and Cuban Politics ca. 1900"

Dalia Muller, University at Buffalo

Dalia Antonia Muller, Associate Professor of History at the University at Buffalo, is the author of of Cuban Émigres and Independence in the Nineteenth-Century Gulf World (University of North Carolina Press, 2017).  Her book in progress, The Boundaries and the Bonds of Cuban Citizenship During a Time of Transition, is a study of citizenship in Cuba during the first US occupation and the early republic.  It explores the struggles of Cuban migrants stranded abroad who were denied rights they should have enjoyed as citizens, as well as the struggles of self-identified Africans in Cuba who resisted membership in the Cuban nation but were forced to accept Cuban citizenship.


Tuesday, October 15

"Fascism and Anti-Fascism: New Histories"

Kirsten Weld, Harvard University


Giuliana Chamedes, University of Wisconsin

There is no precirculated paper for this session—it will be an open roundtable discussion—but the following articles are available for those interested in acquainting themselves with Professor Chamedes's and Weld's work.

Giuliana Chamedes, "The Vatican, Nazi-Fascism, and the Making of Transnational Anti-Communism in the 1930s," Journal of Contemporary History 5, no. 2 (2016): 261-290


Kirsten Weld, "The Spanish Civil War and the Construction of a Reactionary Historical Consciousness in Augusto Pinochet's Chile," Hispanic American Historical Review 98, no. 1 (2018): 77-115


Kirsten Weld, "The Other Door: Spain and the Guatemalan Counter-Revolution, 1944-54," Journal of Latin American Studies 51 (2019): 307-331

Kirsten Weld is Professor of History at Harvard University, is the author of Paper Cadavers: The Archives of Dictatorship in Guatemala (Duke University Press, 2014), which won the 2015 WOLA-Duke Human Rights Book Award and the 2016 Best Book Award from the Latin American Studies Association's Recent History and Memory Section.  Her book in progress, Ruins in Glory: The Long Spanish Civil War in Latin America, examines the impact and legacies of the Spanish Civil War in the Americas from the 1930s to the present.


Giuliana Chamedes is assistant professor of history and a faculty affiliate of the Religious Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin—Madison.  She is the author of A Twentieth-Century Crusade: The Vatican's Battle to Remake Christian Europe (Harvard University Press, 2019), and is now researching a second book, Failed Globalists: Economic Development, Decolonization, and the Demise of European Political Hegemony.



Tuesday, October 29

"The Trans Imperial Courtroom: Multi-Layered Historicities of Law in Colonial Algeria"

Sarah Ghabrial, Concordia University

Sarah Ghabrial is assistant professor of history at Concordia University and a fellow at Princeton's Shelly Cullom Davis Center.  She is completing her first book, a social and gender history of the French-colonial administration of Islamic "family law" in Algeria from 1870 to 1930.  It is centrally concerned with how colonial courtrooms functioned as sites of encounter between the colonial state and Algerian subjects, and how these spaces mediated litigants' engagement with local and transnational transformations in Western and Islamic legal cultures.  She is the recipient of an SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, SSHRC Insight Development Grant, and the Canadian Historical Association's John Bullen Thesis Prize.


Tuesday, November 19

"The Maritime Dynamics of Pre-Westphalian Interpolity Relations in Southeast Asia"

Jennifer L. Gaynor, University at Buffalo

Jennifer L. Gaynor is a fellow at the Baldy Center at the University at Buffalo. Her first book, Intertidal History in Island Southeast Asia: Submerged Genealogy and the Legacy of Coastal Capture (Cornell University Press, 2016), received honorable mention for the Harry J. Benda Prize of the Association for Asian Studies, awarded to the best first book on Southeast Asia in any discipline.  She has held fellowships at Michigan, Cornell, and the Australian National University, and is currently researching a work of contemporary history that crosses archipelagoes and ocean basins to examine land reclamation for strategic reasons and capitalist gain.


Tuesday, December 10

Discussion and celebration of

In Search of Our Frontier: Japanese America and Settler Colonialism in the Construction of Japan's Borderless Empire (California, 2019)

by Eiichiro Azuma, Associate Professor of History and Asian American Studies

in conversation with Kathleen M. Brown, David Boies Professor of History



Sorting out the Mixed Economy: The Rise and Fall of Welfare and Developmental States in the Americas (Princeton, 2019)

by Amy Offner, Assistant Professor of History

in conversation with Barbara Weinstein, NYU


Reception to follow

Eiichiro Azuma (University of Pennsylvania), author of In Search of our Frontier: Japanese America and Settler Colonialism in the Construction of Japan's Borderless Empire (California 2019) in conversation with Kathleen M. Brown (University of Pennsylvania).


Amy C. Offner (University of Pennsylvania), author of Sorting Out the Mixed Economy: The Rise and Fall of Welfare and Developmental States in the Americas (Princeton 2019), in conversation with Barbara Weinstein (NYU)


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